I’m in 100% agreement with Matt when he writes
Well, some real Baptist(possibly) news came about today. Ken Starr was unanimously voted in as the President of Baylor University.
Bart Barber says it is a farce that Baylor, a Baptist University, didn’t even hire a Baptist. He does not say that he thinks Starr will be bad for Baylor, his beef is that Baylor went out and hired someone that is not a Baptist and then requires them to attend a Baptist church when he arrives in Waco. Barber’s thoughts are that if Baylor wants to hire a non-Baptist to be their president than don’t require him to go to a Baptist church when he gets there!
Wade Burleson has trouble comprehending what Barber is saying and then makes a statement that Southern Baptists are more concerned with being Southern Baptist than christian. This is nonsense because to be Southern Baptist does in fact require you to be a Christian first. It’s as if Burleson doesn’t understand why Southern Baptist think other Southern Baptists should hold to Southern Baptist values… Let’s not tell paedobaptists they can’t join the SBC either.
All in all, I sympathize with Barber… I wouldn’t want my Baptist alma mater to go hire a president that wasn’t even a Baptist and then proceed to make him become a Baptist.. Its not that Southern Baptists think Baptist distinctives are salvation issues, but we are Southern Baptists for a reason.